Neumann's suggestions for providing literary and historical context:
- Do not provide contextual information that students can get from reading the document. Only provide the missing information crucial for students to better understand the documents.
- Providing contextual information is not all or nothing. The more familiar that the students are with the historical topic, the less contextual information is needed. Also, the context can be given at any time, and sometimes it is better after the students have grappled with the document independently first.
- Context should not tell students why a document was important at its time or today, but rather provide enough information that the students can make those interpretations themselves.